Handmade Simple Life

Handmade Simple Life

What does that mean? Well, to us, it means consciously choosing the life you want. Overtime, you can end up living the life your parents wanted for you, your teachers, your boss, the neighbors and anyone else who has caused you to change direction because they wanted you too.

Simple Living, Slow Living, Hygge and Minimalism. I believe these all refer to the same thing. Quality of life over quantity of life. Not more but less. The less is consciously chosen and so much more valuable! You can notice the little things that make all the difference in the experience when you slow down. You can truly be present with someone and have a meaningful conversation when your not worried about the next meeting your have.

Here are some resources:

Simple Living: (Wikipedia) Simple living encompasses a number of different voluntary practices to simplify one's lifestyle. These may include, for example, reducing one's possessions, generally referred to as minimalism, or increasing self-sufficiency. Simple living may be characterized by individuals being satisfied with what they have rather than want. Although asceticism generally promotes living simply and refraining from luxury and indulgence, not all proponents of simple living are ascetics. Simple living is distinct from those living in forced poverty, as it is a voluntary lifestyle choice.

There’s a great organization in Ohio that is dedicated to helping people live simply, called Simply Living. When we living in Columbus, OH. We were very involved in the group including sitting on the board for a time. They have great events and education targeting this philosophy.

Slow Living: (Wikipedia) refers to a lifestyle that encourages a slower approach to aspects of everyday life. It has been defined as movement or action at a relaxed or leisurely pace. It began in Italy with the slow food movement, which emphasizes traditional food production techniques in response to the emergence of fast food during the 1980s and 1990s. Slow living also incorporates slow money and slow cities. Slow food and slow living are sometimes proposed as solutions to what the green movement sees as the negative consequences of materialistic and industrial lifestyles.

You may have also heard of the Slow Food movement which is related to this. Here's a link to the Slow Food USA or Slow Food International.

Hygge: (Wikipedia) is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. As a cultural category with its sets of associated practices hygge  has more or less the same meanings in Danish and Norwegian, but the notion is more central in Denmark than in Norway. The emphasis on hygge as a core part of Danish culture is a recent phenomenon, dating to the late 20th century.

I recently became aware of Hygge but it fits right in with the others.

Minimalism:  This is about having just what you need, not more. No, this doesn't mean being with out! The best examples of this are The Minimalist Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. Also, Joshua Becker at becomingminimalist.

Think about it. Does it always seem you rushing to the next meeting or appointment? Do you wish you had some free time to do what you choose? If the answer is yes, maybe, it's time for a change!